It’s the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila today. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Earlier in the lockdown, government officials like Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had warned the “pasaways” from violating protocols. On Sunday, the Palace called on public to continue cooperating with quarantine rules. But the call is better addressed to those in government and the allies of the administration like Metro Manila top cop Brig Gen. Diebold Sinas and Sen. Koko Pimentel. Both were in clear violation of protocol measures but have yet to face any sanction, although Sinas is facing charges. Business groups expressed on Sunday dismay at officials breaking protocols.
Mobility in the metropolis
As Metro Manila transitions to GCQ, mobility in the metropolis is in the focus. What have we learned about instituting better mobility during the lockdown? The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it plans to construct dedicated bike lanes on EDSA. Workers in the transport sector are calling for subsidies. Flights by airlines will resume on limited capacity. And many motorcycle riders might have to stay off the roads as a new law meant to stop criminals on motorbikes comes into force by June 6.
The Department of Health (DOH) noted a drop in “fresh cases” and said it shows the country can control the spread of COVID-19. Vice President Leni Robredo asked the DOH to clarify the distinction between “fresh” and “late” cases.
Curfews and clashes
There were clashes coast to coast in the United States between protesters and police, fueled by the death of George Floyd in the hands of a police officer. In the midst of a pandemic, there were mass crowds, protests and battles with police for the past five nights from Los Angeles to New York with possibly no end in sight. States are imposing curfews in a bid to curb the violence. U.S. President Trump had initially used incendiary words in addressing the violence. But has been silent since. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising in the U.S. with the virus disproportionately affecting minorities like African-Americans.
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